Timelapse Video Shows Arrival of 'Bomb Cyclone' in Aurora, Colorado
14 March, 2019, 15:49 | Author: Emmett Rice
An intense and ferocious winter storm - a "bomb cyclone" - is expected to bring hurricane-force wind gusts, blizzard conditions and a flood threat across a swath of the USA heartland Wednesday. Travelers should check the airport's website aspenairport.com or their airlines.
The scene in Denver at East 9th Avenue and Pennsylvania Street. CBS Denver reporter Jamie Leary documented how the wind almost blew her - as well as her selfie stick - away when she exited her news van.
Almost 3,100 flights have been canceled over two days as a "bomb cyclone" makes its way across parts of the country, unleashing blizzard conditions and hurricane-force winds.
Kansas could see an all time record low barometric pressure set when the centre of the storm carries itself over the state, according to AccuWeather.
This system is officially a bomb cyclone, which is a term to describe a system that undergoes bombogenesis or rapid intensification.
The system is wrapped tightly, with blizzard conditions on the top left side of the low pressure center, and warm air and rain on the right side of the low. This storm dropped 33 millibars from Tuesday into Wednesday. "This will far exceed that".
As this system continues to pull more to the east, our winds will gradually improve and snow will clear. Severe blizzard conditions are expected and several weather warnings are in effect in these areas.
The NWS in Rapid City, South Dakota advised residents that "travel will be very hard to impossible" because of intense snow. FEMA Region 8 - which covers Colorado, Montana, the Dakotas and Wyoming - advised residents to have a 3-day supply food/water, battery-powered radio, flashlights and portable chargers on hand for the expected power outages associated with the wind gusts up to 75-80 miles per hour in the region.
Snow accumulation of 10 to 22 inches (25 to 56 centimeters) is expected, with higher amounts further north. Winds gusting as high as 65 miles per hour (105 kph) also were forecast.
On Wednesday morning, some roads were already flooded in the northeastern part of Nebraska, and the National Weather Service issued a flood warning, saying more rain is expected later in the day.
Officials in El Paso County, Colorado, said some 1,100 motorists were stranded on Interstate 25 near Colorado Springs.
The National Weather Service issued blizzard warnings for parts of Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska and the Dakotas as schools and businesses were closed and local authorities urged residents to hunker down.
The Lower Mississippi Valley and southern Plains will experience thunderstorms with heavy rain and flooding.
As the storm moves across the U.S., a mix of severe weather is expected to accompany it.
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